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Robinson Creek - South

North Cascades > Pasayten
48.6626, -120.5425 Map & Directions
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3660 feet
Highest Point
6220 feet
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Robinson Creek. Photo by Rolan Shomber. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

The sight and roaring sound of Robinson Creek will accompany you on your forested hike up the valley, following in the footsteps of an early trapper, Billy Robinson. The low starting elevation makes this a popular late spring/early summer day-hike or overnight. Continue reading

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Hiking Robinson Creek - South

The first 6 miles of the trail up the Robinson Creek valley is never far from the sight and sound of the creek, named for trapper Billy Robinson.  The low starting elevation makes this a popular late spring/early summer day-hike or overnight. 

In mid-May, the first 3 miles from the trailhead, elevation 2560 feet, are usually snow-free and Robinson Creek is roaring with the spring melt.  Beauty Creek Falls is viewable from a bridge at 2.8 miles, elevation 3560 feet. This makes a good turn around point for a spring hike. With snow still covering the upper reaches, you may spot deer and even moose near the creek. 

Just beyond the bridge is a junction with the Beauty Creek Trail, a climber access route to Robinson Mountain and Beauty Peak.

By mid-June, the first 4 miles will have near continuous flowers, mainly paintbrush and lupine with a few others mixed in. The creek will still be roaring and the trail will be snow-free for the first 5 - 6 miles, to the tightrope log walk or ford of Robinson Creek at 6.0 miles, elevation 4680 feet.

Above the ford, the next 2.7 miles are a gradual climb through the forest, crossing avalanche runouts and breaking out into meadowlands at elevation 4700 feet. Another 0.3 mile wander through the sloping meadows, leads to the junction with the Slate Pass Trail, part of the Robinson Pass Loop. The last 0.5 mile of meadow climbs to Robinson Pass, elevation 6220 feet.

On the north side of the pass is the continuation of the trail, Robinson Creek (Middle Fork Pasayten) which descends the Pasayten River valley. The area around the pass has room for cross country roaming and peak bagging.

By mid-summer, the upper elevations have melted out and most hikers access the meadowed Robinson Pass area from the Slate Pass trailhead, leaving the Robinson Creek valley as the horse rider’s access route to the highlands. 

As befits a trail of this length, there are many campsites – some large and others small/rocky.  From the trailhead, these are at 1.4 miles, 2.7 miles, 4.0 miles, 4.1 miles, 5.9 miles, 6.3 miles, 6.5 miles, 7.7 miles, and 9 miles. All of these will normally have available water into the fall.

WTA worked here in 2016, 2013, 2010, 2008, 2007 and 2001!

Hike Description Written by
Rolan Shomber, WTA Correspondent

Robinson Creek - South

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.6626, -120.5425 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Winthrop, drive west on Highway 20 for 15 miles. Turn right onto Lost River Road. Drive for a half-mile and turn left to continue on Lost River Road. Continue 7.5 miles on pavement and a further mile and a quarter on gravel FR 5400 to the Robinson Creek Trailhead on the right side of road.

 Amenities at the trailhead are Trailhead Information sign, picnic table, vault toilet.

More Hike Details


North Cascades > Pasayten

Robinson Creek - South (#478)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

100 Hikes in Washington’s North Cascade National Park Region (Spring & Manning 1994)

Washington Hiking (Leonard, 2005)

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